Thursday, August 27, 2009

Puliyodharai Noodles

What do you need:
- Spaghetti or Maggie noodles (I would NOT recommend tagliatelle or any other pasta that you cannot roll with a fork, the mixing will not be uniform in that case)
- MTR Puliyodarai mix (its really good!) or homemade (if you are lucky)
- 2 teaspoons of Oil
- A teaspoon of Coconut scrap (Optional)
- A spoon of Ground nuts (Optional)
- A spoon of cooked Chick peas (konda kadalai) – mostly likely leftover from the previous day (otherwise its not worth the trouble of cooking it just for this)
- Coriander (Optional)
- Curry leaves or karuveppilai (Optional)

Time needed: 10 min

Kind: Not healthy, purely for the benefit of taste buds => using it once a month is acceptable!

How to do it:
- Cook Spaghetti in a pot of boiled water. Do not took until eternity and make it a porridge, just until its soft enough to eat. Also cook only a portion that you know you can eat. Left over spaghetti tastes like @%$#^%^^& !
- Since the above step will take a max. of 10 min, in the meanwhile take a pan, add 2 teaspoons of oil
- Add MTR puliyodharai mix (quantity depends on how spicy you like it) and everything else (coconut scrap, ground nuts, chick peas, curry leaves) and fry for a few seconds. If you have homemade paste it will mostly have all the above ingredients in which case your job is just to mix it !
- Set aside and let it cool
- Finally mix spaghetti with this, garnish with coriander and eat with a fork (very tough to use one’s hands :D)
- Drinking a glass of buttermilk along side with it or afterwards is recommended (since each one of these items can push your body temperature !)

Why:
- Spaghetti has a lower calorie content than rice
- There is a limit to how much spaghetti you can eat (unlike rice :D), so you will eat far less than usual
- But you still retain the wonderful taste of puliyodharai (solrecheve enakku vayellam jollu), I have had friends laugh at me at the mention of this but afte tasting it, they all make it now! I am going to spare myself the trouble of giving disclaimers as to who can eat this food. If you don't know, I cannot help it !
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